On March 10, Chandler Howard, president and CEO of Liberty Bank and Eastern's Business Executive-in-Residence for 2010-11, told more than 100 students, faculty and staff in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room, that volunteering is key to their success. "Serving the community is critical; it provides you with the kind of training you can never get on the job." He said Liberty Bank's 550 employees contributed more than 17,000 volunteer hours this past year, and donated more than $5 million dollars to charitable organizations over the past 10 years.
Chandler says Liberty Bank employees get four paid days annually to volunteer. "Volunteering helps the community become vibrant, which in turn, helps the bank become more vibrant, enabling it to provide financial liquidity in people's lives. Together, we make a difference in the overall health of the community."